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How long does it take for HIV to show up on a test after you've contracted it?
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
There are two types of tests - one is to detect body's response by detecting antibodies to the HIV virus.
This test may take a little while to become positive (1-2 months). Occasionally, it may take up to 3 months to get a positive HIV antibody test. The other option is to determine the presence of an HIV test particle in the blood. This test may become positive in a matter of days.

In brief: Depends
There are two types of tests - one is to detect body's response by detecting antibodies to the HIV virus.
This test may take a little while to become positive (1-2 months). Occasionally, it may take up to 3 months to get a positive HIV antibody test. The other option is to determine the presence of an HIV test particle in the blood. This test may become positive in a matter of days.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Dr. David Rosenthal
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on the test
The older third generation HIV screening test did not show HIV for 2 to 8 weeks (average 25 days).
The fourth generation tests which were just approved in the usa this year can detect HIV in 11 days to 1month after infection.

In brief: Depends on the test
The older third generation HIV screening test did not show HIV for 2 to 8 weeks (average 25 days).
The fourth generation tests which were just approved in the usa this year can detect HIV in 11 days to 1month after infection.
Dr. David Rosenthal
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